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So, what do we actually know?


One comment on “Phonics

  1. l4l1
    July 16, 2012

    Without being too contentious here, I think Michael Rosen’s Blog on SATURDAY, 14 JULY 2012 “Phonics showdown: evidence please.”

    is a good starting point:


    What are the various flavours and uses of phonics and by what metrics and criteria are their effectiveness to be judged against?

    What literature out there is cited for the effectiveness of phonics in schools as opposed to a mixed approach to reading?

    Is Greg Bousted (executive principal of the Best Start Federation of primary schools) right when he categorically states, on record, that the “only 100% successful way to learn to read is phonics”.


    Perhaps the best way to start here is defining the different systems and the evidence claims around the use of phonics and especially the contexts and outcomes.

    As reading is “emergent” in the main, how can the effects be seen in any long term longtitudinal study?

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